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Boston officials reviewing city’s coronavirus response

Members of the public are encouraged view both meetings via livestream.

A lone pedestrian comes down the steps by Boston City Hall Thursday as the crowds thin downtown due to concern over COVID-19. Blake Nissen / For The Boston Globe

BOSTON (AP) — Officials in Boston will hold hearings next week on the city’s response to the deepening coronavirus pandemic.

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The Boston City Council is hosting a hearing Monday evening looking at the city’s emergency response. It will also host a Tuesday afternoon hearing focused on city infrastructure and facilities, as well as the economic impact of the virus.

Members of the public are encouraged view both meetings via livestream at boston.gov/city-council-tv, where the they will also be able to submit questions, according to the council.

Boston is the epicenter of the virus in Massachusetts, which has among the highest number of confirmed cases in the country.


Nearly all of the state’s more than 100 cases are linked to a biotech meeting at a downtown hotel last month.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover.

The Associated Press receives support for health and science coverage from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.


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